Four persons have been killed during an attack on two villages in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State by gunmen suspected to be Fulani mercenaries.
It was gathered that the attackers, who came through Yemani in Shendam Local Government, razed the two villages, Karkashi and Barrack. The Chairman of Taroh community in Wase Local Government, Jungle Luhdut, confirmed the incident yesterday while speaking with our correspondent in Jos, the state capital.
Luhdut said four people were killed, while all the houses in the two villages were burnt down. He said the attackers later fled through Taraba State, adding that the casualty figure wound have been high if not that the people had deserted the villages when they heard rumour of an impending attack. A resident, who did not want his name in print, said the attackers stormed the villages simultaneously with sophisticated weapons while shooting everything on sight.
When contacted, the spokesman of the Special Task Force, STF, on Jos crisis, Captain Salisu Mustapha, said he would get across to the sector commander in Langtang South before commenting on the incident.
However, at press time, Mustapha was yet to respond to inquiry. Meanwhile, the new STF Commander, Major General David Eneite, yesterday resumed duty in Jos. Eneite took over from Major General Henry Ayoola, who has been transferred to the Army Headquarters, Abuja, as the director of Research and Documentation. Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the STF headquarters in Jos, Ayoola thanked the people of the state for their support.
The former STF commander also called on the people to learn to tolerate one another in order to consolidate on the current peace in the state. Also, the new commander urged citizens of the state to work with him in order to achieve lasting peace in the state.